Dry Eye and Dry Mouth

By marla3300 Latest Reply 2010-12-13 17:36:49 -0600
Started 2010-12-11 11:09:22 -0600

A few months ago I developed a facial tic over my left eye. These can come and go, but this one was staying with me, plus my left eye got puffy. So I went to the eye doctor. She tells me I have dry eyes and gives me an eye drop ($45) to take care of the problem. After 3 weeks my eyes seem to be fine. Except she tells me I have to continue using the eye drops to keep my eye moist.
Once this cleared up, I began having the worst pain in my parotid gland. I go to see my doctor and he says I have a stone. Similar to the stones you get with gall stones. This is all dry mouth related.
So I was wondering if anyone else has had similar problems with this and what do you take or do for it?

7 replies

Brenda_B 2010-12-13 17:36:49 -0600 Report

I have dry-eye. I got "plugs" put in the out-drain in my eyes. It helps hold the moisture in. It seems to work… except I keep lossing the left eye plug… not sure why… on a regular basis I have my eyes checked… quick in and out at the eye doctor office… or replace a plug if it has fallen out again. I can use the good over-the-counter eye drops. If the plug stays in place.

I have always had a lot of moisture in my mouth (spit)… until the last year or so. I have a chin strap to help hold my mouth closed a night… yes I'm very interesting looking when I sleep… but yes, that seem to help.

lmb2749 2010-12-13 11:47:10 -0600 Report

I've been having a severe problem with dry mouth. It makes it very diffficult to talk unless I keep a bottle of water handy to sip on constantly. My sense of taste is almost gone and I have an unpleasant taste in my mouth when I eat. This, coupled with my nausea from the Metformin has been the reason for my weight loss, I think. I say "I think" because I really don't know what's going on with my body now days. I don't know whether to blame everything on age (I am getting a bit older, shhhh) or the DM. I just try to tackle each problem as it comes along, but there just seem to be so many now days. We keep changing different meds around trying to see if that helps but so far nothing eliminates the severe dry mouth. I too would love to hear of a solution if anyone comes up with one.

jayabee52 2010-12-13 00:04:19 -0600 Report

I have the same kind of problem. I decided to look it up online.

Here's one article: http://www.medicinenet.com/dry_mouth/article.htm

and another which has a List of 318 disease causes of Dry mouth, patient stories, diagnostic guides, medical books excerpts online about Dry mouth, 1412 drug side effect causes: http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/dry_mouth.htm

Here's a site from a denist's perspective which gives Dry mouth a name Xerostomia: http://users.forthnet.gr/ath/abyss/Dry-Mouth-...

More than likely, for us it is the DM causing it.

I pray this is helpful to you.

God's richest Blessings to you and yours!


realsis77 2010-12-11 11:34:28 -0600 Report

I have a problem with dry mouth! I haven't figured out what to do for it but its bothersome! Also it can be good for my teeth! I'm always thirsty! I wish I had the answer for this.

marla3300 2010-12-13 14:30:44 -0600 Report

Well the root cause to a dry mouth is the lack of or lower amount of producing enough saliva. Sounds simple right? Well there are many medical reasons for not producing enough saliva. But to increase it we can do some of the following:
Sucking on sugar-free candy or chewing sugar-free gum (Lemon is the best).
Drinking plenty of water to help keep your mouth moist or sucking on ice chips.
Protecting your teeth by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, using a fluoride rinse, and visiting your dentist regularly.
Breathing through your nose, not your mouth, as much as possible.
Using a room vaporizer to add moisture to the bedroom air.

I am going to try the vaporizer next, I'v tried all the others.

I have also read that taking a teaspoon of cherry syrup daily can help, as well as teas made with Prickly ash or slippery elm.
And lastly;
Omega 3 supplements containing fish oil, flaxseed oil and vitamin E.